Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Stairs Revealed... Finally!

Hey there! Hope you had a happy Halloween!! I was hanging out with Darth Vader, a golfer...

(Not sure what was up with the binoculars!) 
 a football player...

and ...

an X-Box... get it? This was the only costume I made. Pretty impressive, huh? Oh well... it was a hit with the 5th grade crowd.

I've pretty much been in a chocolate-induced coma since Monday. However, I did manage to take some pictures of our recently completed stairs.  It is a real "treat" to have them done. I love being able to walk up and down them without fear of puncturing my foot on a stray staple or jagged piece of plywood.

I was unprepared for what a major hassle this project would be. Many times throughout the process, I regretted that we started it. But now that it's done, I am so happy with it! I guess that's how it is with stair projects. There are ups and downs. Ba dum bum! I'll be here all week.

Here is the "before" of the front staircase with white carpeting and honey-stained oak handrails...

And, here is the "after" with dark-stained treads and painted black handrails...

A couple more views...

Here is the "before" of the back staircase...

And, the "after"...

View from the top (excuse the poor lighting)...

So there's the stairs! Hope you like the way they turned out :) Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

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  1. Your kids are adorable! I LOVE the Xbox, how clever and cool is that! I know that when I golf I need binoculars to see where in the woods I hit the ball. :) lol!
    It sounds like they had a great time and I think I will be in that chocolate induced coma for a while. :)
    Your stairs turned out so gorgeous!! I know what a hassle projects are but they really are worth it in the end, you guys did an amazing job, even with all the "ups and downs"! :) You make me laugh.
    Enjoy your day!!

  2. It sounds like everyone had a great time on Halloween...I purposely bought candy I didn't like!! ;-D

    I really love the stairs...all the hard work was worth it! Love your sense of humor, too!!

    Have a great day!


  3. Your kiddos are adorable and the stairs look amazing!!! I so want to rip off the carpet on mine - this makes me want to even more. Do you think my husband would notice if he were to come home from work today and see carpet scraps and staples everywhere?

  4. Wow! What an upgrade on the stairs. They remind me of the house I owned during my year in Atlanta. Beautiful.

  5. The result is wonderful, congratulations!

  6. Oh, cute costumes and I love your stairs. I want my carpet off some day and the rails black, but I want someone else to paint them instead of me. That is just too much work and I do all the painting in this house.

  7. stunning! I had a staircase like this in one of our former homes and I adored it. All the others were carpeted nightmares.
    LOVE the xbox costume and what an adorable little golfer!

  8. Your kids are adorable all dressed up. I have to say that the xbox costume is pretty cute. I totally get it. My 10 yr old son plays xbox ALL the time. He plays live with a headset so he's in parties etc. Your staircases turned out beautiful! I can see how much work you put into it, especially with how many stairs you have. I love the black railing and white trim too.

  9. The staircases are beautiful and the kids are adorable. A house with two staircase! So envious. I ate two bags of Snickers myself and had to hide from the trick or treaters because there was nothing left! Note to self: don't buy Halloween candy early, even if it's on sale.

  10. What an incredible transformation on the stairs! I can only imagine how much work that must have been, but it was definitely worth the effort.
    BTW, your kids are super cute!
    Have a lovely day, Carolyn!
    ~ Wendi ~

  11. What a beautiful staircase! You really did a wonderful job. How long did it take you? (My stairs currently look like your before picture.)

  12. Totally love how your stairs turned out!! Beautiful!

  13. The staircase is beautiful. It was really worth your time and effort!

    Thanks for linking your terrific project to Potpourri Friday!

  14. This turned out beautiful! I love the wood stairs. We just finished our entry way & it is a lot of work, but so worth it. I found your blog from the 2805 blog party. I'm your newest follower. If you get a chance I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too!

  15. LOVE IT.. I love our bare stairs but you are right that getting them done in a PIA for sure.. our back set still needs to be done. Do you have a stain color to share I am still dithering!


  16. the stairs turned out great. Great pick on the stain. Now.....let's talk about those boys!!!!!!!! OMG. They are so cute. Love the football player, the x box and Darth Vader, but that precious little golfer just stoled my heart. Can I have him?
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  17. Stunning! I love the dark treads and railing! Much better!

  18. I would be tempted to just sit in front of the stairs and admire them all day:) Great job!

  19. Love the way your stairs turned out! I just recently did a mini re-do of this version by painting my hand rails and risers black. My stairs aren't as grand as yours. Your stain is pretty too!
    Now following you.
    Have a happy day!

  20. oops..sorry Carolyn! I thought I was already following your blog and I was. Oh well! Hard for me to keep up with everyone. Great catching up with you again!

  21. Love the X Box!!! And you stairs look fabulous! In fact I just emailed a picture to one of my clients [she is doing a renovation] about the paneling going up the stairs. She has 2 kids, but it is definitely an area that can get pretty scuffed up!!!

  22. Wooooah! Your stairs look amaaazing! I love them. What a complete transformation.

    And those outfits are very, very cute!!


  23. Your stairs turned out gorgeous!! We did something similar earlier this year....what a difference it makes in your home!!

  24. I LOVE the way your stairs turned out, and it is exactly what I have been planning to do to mine, once I recover from the kitchen redo I finally finished. Great work!

    Come visit me sometime!

  25. Gorgeous gorgeous stairs and love the costumes! The x box is darling :) Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  26. Those stairs are incredible, love them, hopefully I'll get to your point! I have to pin these stairs, thanks for sharing!

  27. WOW! Those stairs are amazing!!! The stairs in the new home we bought look like your stairs in the before pictures. You did exactly what I hope to do! WONDERFUL JOB!!!